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God does not ask
or your inability.
He asks only your availability.
Mary Kay Ash
Communication with God--prayer--is a
two-way conversation. It
is not just
the voicing of praise and petitions, but often communion. Sitting in silence with God,
listening for whatever He may want to say.
Simply enjoy the fact that He is,
and you are, and you have a relationship with Him.
These special moments
with God are when His fresh breezes can enter your heart and
a countenance is made beautiful by the soul's shining through it,
so the world is made beautiful by the shining through it of God.
are close to God when we are close to people. If we think of
something in favor of the betterment of human beings, and if we
act in a way
that brings about that betterment--if we do not cling to riches,
selfishness, or greed--then I believe we are getting closer to
no God we would be in this glorious world with grateful
hearts and no one to thank.
can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice
which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise
with your rapid reflections?
Be silent and God will speak again.
unlimited vision under God. Have enthusiasm and faith in what
God can do. Without this vision you will become discouraged with
with it you will know that with God all things
Beginning with things
as they are and having the
vision of what God can do, you will
make an unbeatable team.
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has been my personal relationship with God--a connection
with the powerful, loving, wise energy in all of us,
is the life force itself. We can all have
with it each moment in our lives,
but it takes
We must be willing
to move through
our deepest fears, doubts, and
is no need to invent an
ego that is separate from the
our basic human nature
is trusted. If we trust ourselves,
we know how to avoid interfering
nature and how to live in
harmony. When we know God
as an unseen, loving, and
accepting power at the
allowing us to
make our own choices, then
God is a trusted part of
We need not wings to go in search of Him, but
have only to find a place
where we can be alone--and look upon Him present within us.
Teresa of Avila
surest way to determine whether one possesses the love of God is
whether he or she loves his or her neighbor. These two loves
separated. Rest assured, the more you progress in love
neighbor the more
your love of God will increase.
Teresa of Avila
Some people want to see God with their eyes
as they see a cow,
and to love Him as they love their cow—for the milk and cheese
and profit it brings them. This
is how it is with people who love God
for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort.
into the habit of dealing with God about everything.
Unless in the
first waking moment
of the day you learn to fling the door wide back
and let God in,
you will work on
a wrong level all day; but swing the
door wide open and pray to
your Father in secret,
public thing will be stamped with the presence of God.
It is good and true to think
that every ray of the sun touching the earth
has the sun at the other end of it.
Just so, every bit of love
upon God’s earth has God at the other end of it.
Mark Guy Pearse
belief that a personal life exists apart from God creates
disconnected from God. This is painful and frustrating.
work is to break down the illusion that we
a life here and
that a life of God is somewhere else.
cannot answer the deepest questions.
As soon as you ask why
there is something instead of nothing, you have gone beyond
I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos.
some organizing principle. God
to me is the explanation for the
miracle of existence–why there is something instead of nothing.
Allan R. Sandage (Cosmologist)
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there is a beginning point in spiritual development, it is the
one makes to become useful to God and, therefore, to others.
I have a right
to make this choice because I begin with the assumption that
made by God, I am alive for a purpose.
that God’s love for you is absolutely steadfast, and
he does not give or take away his love based on
or your qualifications. It will not take God by
surprise when you discover an area in your
life that is less than
what it should be. He
knows it already, and even knowing all
there is to know about you,
his love and concern
for you have not budged one inch.
We mustn't reserve communing with God just for
morning and evening prayers,
or for weekly worship service, or for when we feel burdened. The
goal is to realize
that every moment is a meditation. Allow yourself to marvel at the
wonder of God's work
all around us. Throughout your day, let the sun, a tree, a piece
of fruit remind you
that everything you could ever want has been provided and can be
found right here
on earth. While changing the baby's diaper, give thanks for the
miracle of creation
you hold in your hands. . . . The moment you begin to consider God
in everything you do, the world around you softens and your life
You'll feel healthier, happier and at peace with yourself.
Susan L. Taylor
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is a place for analysis, but it is apt to be quite fatal in prayer
and meditation. Do not dissect the love of God, but feel it.
dissect divine intelligence,
but realize it.
Do not wonder how God
can possibly solve this problem, but
watch Him do it in His
own way—and He will if you will give Him
a chance. You know that
God is Love.
So go ahead on that, and do not get theoretical about it.
personal relationship with God enhances life.
First, it enables us to accept
our limitations without being frustrated by them.
It assures us that
problems we can't solve are not necessarily insoluble.
we need it, God offers us a sense of forgiveness, a sense of
from our incompleteness. . . .
Last and perhaps most important,
a personal relationship with God redeems us from the fear of
We needn't be afraid that all our good deeds will vanish when we
you find it difficult to love the human in someone, then love the
in him or her.
The divine in that person is God.
God exists in that person
just as God exists in you.
To love God is extremely easy because God is
divine and perfect.
Each time you look at an individual, if you can consciously
become aware of God’s existence in him or her, then you will
not be disturbed by his or her imperfections or limitations.
God does not dispense strength
and encouragement like a druggist
fills your prescription. The
Lord doesn't promise to give us something
to take so we can handle our weary moments.
He promises us Himself.
That is all. And that
relationship with God developed at an early age.
I was raised on a remote little ranch,
where I had for company and for the fullness of my life three
other humans and an enormous
amount of animals and land and sky and wind.
As a child, my experience of God included
everything—a love of the whole beauty around me.
And the country was so beautiful:
mountains that ended in aspen groves and streams, thick with wild
animals and game
of all kinds.
One time I said to my mother, “You know, I think heaven
is just like this,
only the animals would speak to us; they wouldn’t be afraid of
Brooke Medicine Eagle
has no office hours. There
is never a time of day when God is
unavailable. Day or night, summer or winter, God is always present—
ready to heal, to comfort, to inspire. It is not possible that
you could turn to God in prayer without
receiving help. It is not
possible that you could ever find yourself anywhere
where God was
not fully present,
fully active, able and willing to set you free from
difficulty. The one
thing that is required is
that you shall turn
to Him whole-heartedly, and that you shall
expect Him to act. . . .
If you turn to God in prayer, without tension, without vehemence,
steadily, and persistently, results will come.
For it is God’s love that warms me in the sun and God’s love that sends
the cold rain. It is God’s love that feeds me in the bread I eat and God
that feeds me also by hunger and fasting. It is the love of God that sends
the winter days when I am cold and sick, and the hot summer when I
labor and my clothes are full of sweat: but it is God Who breathes on me
with light winds off the river and in the breezes out of the wood.
spreads the shade of the sycamore over my head and sends the water-boy
along the edge of the wheat field with a bucket from the spring, while the
laborers are resting and the mules stand under the tree.
It is God’s love that speaks to me in the birds and streams; but also behind
the clamor of the city God speaks to me in His judgments, and all these things
are seeds sent to me from His will.
If these seeds would take root in my liberty, and if His will would grow from
my freedom, I would become the love that He is, and my harvest would
be His glory and my own joy.
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God is the sunshine that
warms us, the rain that melts the frost and
waters the young plants. The presence of God is a climate of
strong and bracing love, always there.
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are aware of God only when we cease to be aware of
ourselves, not in the negative sense of denying the self,
but in the sense of losing self in admiration and joy.
of a Solitude
is the country of the spirit, and each of us is given a little
of ground in that country; it is our duty to explore that holding
certain impressions by such exploring, to stabilize as laws the
valuable of these impressions, and, as far as we can, to abide by
God is Love, and whenever you reach out in loving kindness, you
expressing God. God is Truth, and whenever you seek truth,
seeking God. God is Beauty, and whenever you touch the
beauty of a
flower or a sunset, you are touching God. God is the
that creates all and sustains all and binds all together
life to all. Yes, God is the Essence of all. So you are within
and God is within you--you could not be where God is not.
Permeating all is the law of God--physical law and spiritual law.
Disobey it and you feel unhappiness--you feel separated from God.
Obey it and you feel harmony--you feel close to God.